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Thomas Gage

Thomas Gage by John Singleton Copley - Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection

Thomas Gage, the British Commander-in-chief at the outset of the American War of Independence, has not inspired many biographies. Ably, he served in North America during the French and Indian War and stayed in the colonies after this conflict.  He is best known for ordering British forces to Lexington and Concord and the costly British assault on Bunker Hill.

Lord Germaine immediately recalled Gage after receiving the news of the Battle of Bunker Hill. Gage returned to England and lived the remaining years of his life in obscure retirement.

Primary Sources

Gage, Thomas, and Clarence Edwin Carter. The Correspondence of General Thomas Gage. Hamden, Conn.: Archon Books, 1969.

Secondary Sources

Hinman, Bonnie. General Thomas Gage: British General. Revolutionary War Leaders. Philadelphia: Chelsea House Publishers, 2002.

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